Cambodian Womens Wheelchair Basketball Team Heads to Thailand for High-Intensity Training

Cambodian Womens Wheelchair Basketball

The Cambodian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team will be embarking on a journey to Thailand for an immersive and intensive 9-day training program from March 28th to April 5th, according to a press release dated March 29th.

The trip will see the 16 member team traveling to the Asia Oceania Zone (AOZ) Women’s Development Camp in Suphan Buri, Thailand as preparation for the upcoming 2023 ASEAN Para Games, which are being hosted for the first time in Cambodia. The trip is being sponsored by both Prince Foundation and Cambodian Airways.

You can read about Prince Foundation here.

Who is organizing the trip?

The program is being organized by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IBF), with support from the Agitos Foundation and the World Wheelchair Express Foundation. Participating nations will include Cambodia, India, Philippines, and Laos, with the intensive training aimed at improving players overall ability.

Senior Minister Ly Thuch, President of the Cambodia Wheelchair Basketball Federation, gave his thanks to the sponsors, Cambodia Airways and Prince Foundation by stating “We are incredibly thankful for the unwavering support that has enabled the team to reach their full potential. Our female athletes, who have already won gold in the 2022 ASEAN Para Games, look forward to participating in the AOZ Women’s Development Camp program and further honing our skills on the international stage,”

Senior Minister Ly Thuch is also First Vice President, Cambodian Mine Action & Victim Assistance Authority, through which much support has been given to wheelchair basketball. Cambodia has a disproportionate amount of amputees due to the historical mining of the country, with the Royal Government, as well as companies such as Prince funding a number of schemes aimed at giving both sporting and work opportunities. 

To read about de-mining in Cambodia click here

Gabriel Tan, head of Prince Foundation, expressed his support for the team on their journey. “At Prince Foundation, we are dedicated to empowering people with disabilities and promoting inclusion through sports. As Cambodia prepares for the 12th ASEAN Para Games and 32nd SEA Games, we are honored to support the Cambodian women’s wheelchair basketball team in their quest for excellence,” he said. 

The Cambodian Wheelchair Basketball Federation ia led by H.R.H. Princess Sisowath Kanthireth (Honorary President) and Senior Minister Ly Thuch (President)  It is the governing body of wheelchair basketball within the Kingdom, as well as being tasked with the promotion of the sport. It is currently being supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross and Prince Foundation, in perpetration for the 2023 ASEAN Para Games.

Prince Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Prince Holding Group. Founded by its Chairman Neak Oknha Chen Zhi, Aside from wheelchair basketball the foundation  sponsors the coach of the national volleyball team and facilitates friendly exhibition matches between Cambodia and other countries.

Prince also sponsor Visakha FC of whom their stadium is named after. You can read about the stadiums of Cambodia here

This article is adapted from BPVE SPORT Cambodia, reported and edited from the great team – Cambodia Sports Review.


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